Ebert began working as a film critic at the
A few years later, he wrote the screenplay for the exploitation film "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" for
The year 1975 was a fateful one for Ebert, as he became the first film critic to win the
In 1981, Siskel and Ebert's show was renamed "At the Movies," and in 1986 the two critics got top billing as the show was retitled "Siskel and Ebert and the Movies." It was during this time, under Disney's Buena Vista Television, that Ebert came up with their famous "two thumbs up" catch phrase (since trademarked). Here is their review of "Return of the Jedi" from "At the Movies" in 1983.
In 1997, Ebert began writing about classic movies as well as current ones, and in 1999 he began his own film festival, the Overlooked Film Festival (a.k.a. EbertFest). Siskel passed away the same year. Below is a clip of Siskel and Ebert's review of 1991's
In 2005, Ebert's name was added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. That same year, Ebert penned another memorable bon mot after
Ebert came to Goldstein's defense in his review of the film, writing, "As chance would have it, I have won the Pulitzer Prize, and so I am qualified. Speaking in my official capacity as a Pulitzer Prize winner, Mr. Schneider, your movie sucks."
Ebert's battle with cancer forced him off the air in 2006, when he lost part of his lower jaw and the ability to speak. Still, he continued his prolific writing, and also developed another way to communicate, as seen in this
Ebert's final published piece came two days ago, when he announced that he would be taking "a leave of presence" and slowing his output while focusing on his health. The piece concluded: "On this day of reflection I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I'll see you at the movies."